An imaginative adventure story for fans of E.T. and The Shape of Water

Los Angeles, 1943. It's the era of the Zoot Suit Riots, and Flaca and Cuata have a problem. It's bigger than being grounded by their strict mother. It's bigger than tensions with the soldiers stationed nearby. And it's shaped like a five-foot-tall lizard. When a lost member of an unknown underground species needs help, the sisters must scramble to keep their new friend away from a corrupt military scientist—but they'll do it in style. Cartoonist Marco Finnegan presents Lizard in a Zoot Suit, an outrageous, historical, sci-fi graphic novel.


Marco Finnegan is an educator by day and writes and draws comics by night. He lives in Temecula, California.


Lizard in a Zoot Suit is a beautifully rendered, heartbreaking, and insightful graphic adventure that uses the metaphor of the ‘monster’ to unpack one of the most tragic events in US history. Finnegan deftly uses his mastery of the comics medium to engage with the surreal nature of what it means to be seen as ‘other’ and how that perspective endangers people of color and our civil liberties. Everyone should read this book!

An entertaining and meaningful story. The bicultural characters and diverse Mexican American setting are a fun entry point into some serious Chicano history, the era of the 1940s Zoot Suit Riots. Put on your tacuche and your tando, and get ready for Lizard in a Zoot Suit!

Lizard In Zoot Suit carries an important message at its core. Finnegan has given us a book that sheds light on darker corners of history, while telling a story of mysterious visitors from beneath the earth.

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